Johnson County voters divided on liquor referendums


Johnson County will vote on referendums in less than two weeks that could loosen the reigns on some of Northeast Tennessee’s strictest liquor laws. 

Voters will decide whether retail package stores can be established to sell alcohol and if liquor-by-the-drink will be allowed.

Of seven Northeast Tennessee counties, Johnson County is the only one that has yet to allow liquor stores or alcohol sales in restaurants. 

Those in favor of letting liquor into the county say it will generate much-needed tax revenue. 

Those opposed say the moral implications, as well as potential increases in crime, outweigh the possible benefits. 

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